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Michelle Karim

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The lights in the theater at the Wang Center dimmed, and the stage was cast in a pool of light. The third annual TedX event, meant to start conversations and initiate ideas, was held on Friday at Stony Brook University. The audience clapped as the next speaker of the day was introduced and a lean, bespectacled man walked onto the stage, with geometric patterns spinning in the projector behind him. Nicholas Valente, Stony Brook alumni ‘11’15 and currently a lecturer in the math department at his alma mater, opened his Ted talk saying, “What if I told [you] that it is possible to have more than three dimensions, much more — four, five, six, ten, a thousand?” The audience laughed as he mentioned his favorite quote from Flatland, a fiction about a two-dimensional square and proceeded to explain how he created Polytopia, a mathematical program that takes abstract objects from…

Your eyes skim through the text as fast as humanly possible, and you are hoping the words on the page will make sense if you read them fast enough. You read it again, a little slower now because you lost the part where the daughter was actually a son and some creature in the woods drank a magical potion with a fairy and a floating donkey head. There’s someone named Puck in there somewhere (“great name for a cat,” your brain exclaims) and you’ve lost the page where the two lovers finally die, holding hands…? You wake up the next morning, drooling all over your copious notes and books and bolt through the door to class.  You bomb that test. Shakespeare is the stuff of nightmares to many a student the long dialogues stretching a page (or sometimes two) with characters who have way too large of an emotional range, large…

Unless you have been living under a rock, you probably know that Stony Brook University has been sued by the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), an organization that fights for animal rights. Chimpanzees Hercules and Leo came under international spotlight when a Manhattan Supreme Court Justice granted them a writ of habeas corpus for the first time in history, which means that the chimpanzees have the right to question their detention in the premises of Stony Brook University. Here are some key points in the ongoing case: WHO : Hercules and Leo : The 8-year-old chimpanzees detained on the premises of Stony Brook University to aid locomotion studies and research, Steven Wise : President of the Nonhuman Rights Project and attorney at law, Wise spent more than a year trying to get supreme courts in New York to hear the lawsuit after being rejected from the Riverhead Supreme Court in December…

“My brain is weird; it tries to create things that will never happen,” said Elizabeth Beckett, fiddling with a misshapen twig. The wind whistled through the surrounding trees in the deep woods behind Tabler Quad at Stony Brook University, where Beckett had been spending a lot of time studying the surroundings and taking notes on the bleak features of the forest. As the sunlight cast a harsh glow, Beckett said that the woods have a different quality at night, which helps her as she constructs her version of the “Little Red Riding Hood” as a performance piece. Beckett, 22, is a theater arts major and a creative writing minor, an avid swimmer, a horror movie enthusiast and an aspiring filmmaker. Starting at the age of six, Beckett developed a knack for analyzing movies as she began watching and understanding them. Beckoned by a swimming scholarship to Stony Brook, little did…

As Joseph Mandarino turned to speak, he tore his eyes away from a glowing Apple Macbook and whirled around on his revolving chair. A stack of old newspapers lay on his table at the entrance of the Health Sciences library, and he furrowed his brows for a couple of seconds. “With hard copies, I do not have to worry about the different types of formats of textbooks that my device might support or the glare of the screen,” Mandarino said as he helped a student access the online research sources.  Ironically, Mandarino–a junior computer science major–thinks that people buy online versions of books because they are easily accessible. “I’ll live, but by no means is it a preference because I like holding the physical paper in my hands,” he said earnestly. In a study conducted by the Pew Research center in 2014 it was revealed that around 41 percent of…

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe created history on April 21 when she granted two  Stony Brook University chimpanzees a writ of habeas corpus, which allows them to be brought into court to determine if their detention is lawful. The original lawsuit against Stony Brook University was filed in December 2013 by the Nonhuman Rights Project Group (NhRP) at the Riverhead Supreme Court. They claimed that the two chimpanzees, Hercules and Leo, were held on the premises against their will. But the court refused to allow absentees (the two chimpanzees) from the proceedings to present a valid case, so the NhRP and the group decided to refile the case in Manhattan. On April 22 Justice Jaffe amended the writ by crossing out ‘Habeas Corpus,” and it is now unclear whether Hercules and Leo will be considered beings capable of challenging their captivity. Attorney and president of the NhRP Steven Wise…

At the Undergraduate Student Government senate meeting on April 16, the Black Womyn’s Association made their budget appeal and were able to secure their proposed amount for this semester. In the appeal, President of the club, Bianca Baofo, pleaded for senators to approve their $11,727.50 budget, especially because of their upcoming fashion show event on April 25 . They had been scrambling to raise money through impromptu bake sales and other last-ditch fundraising efforts because their budget had gone into an event grant pool. Baofo finally created another budget proposal for both this semester and next year but was told that it would take six weeks to process, surpassing their event date. However, the USG helped her in expediting the process to two weeks and she had to make her case at the budget committee and the senate meetings. There was a debate on whether the club should be allocated…

Tired of being with the same person for over 10 years? Fear not! Besides the fact that you can let the whole world know whether you are married or not, you now can also keep people updated about your legal marital proceedings. You might want to lawyer-up before you announce the status of your burgeoning relationships because they finally hold legal meaning. On April 6, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper ruled it legal for Ellanora Baidoo, 26, to shock her husband with divorce papers—dropped right into his Facebook inbox. Baidoo was married to Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku by a civil ceremony in 2009. However, as appealing as his name sounds, he remained elusive and refused to keep in touch with his wife, because that’s what marriage does to a relationship. “I think it’s new law and it’s necessary,” said Andrew Spinnell, Baidoo’s lawyer. Since when did Facebook become an outlet…

First the profile picture of Coldplay’s official Facebook page went bright turquoise, then Deadmau5’ page did the same. The phenomenon was baffling until a wise commentator pointed out: “it’s Tidal Wave” and the color is actually cyan-blue. On March 30th, Jay-Z proudly unveiled his newly acquired $56 million music-streaming site Tidal Wave, which he claims is a platform “owned by the artists.” In a press conference held last week, an odd hodgepodge of artists from Madonna to Nicki Minaj and Daft Punk declared unity in fighting the odds against artists and how they are being paid for their music by signing an unspecified contract, validating the previously known Swedish streaming site Aspiro. Essentially, Tidal Wave would be competing against Spotify, which currently has over 60 million users, 15 million of which pay $9.99 a month to access their ad-free premium service. Tidal, however, has placed the stakes high- $9.99 for…